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Plantin - Moretus Museum

Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
32 03 221 1450
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Ranked #2 of 81 Attractions in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin... more » Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company. « less
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Sacramento
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

An amazing history of one of the oldest and most influential printers in the world. Highly recommended.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

17th century house used as a printers by Plantin and later Moretus. This is a must see if you visit Antwerp. There is a film show inside. Would advise watching this first before the tour. The film is set in the house in 17th Century Antwerp. All in a very worthwhile visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

"Why would a museum about printing receive such good reviews?" we wondered before our visit. Well, now that we've visited we support the excellent reviews wholeheartedly. This museum excels for several reasons. First of all, it contains fascinating exhibits - rare books, printing, equipment, a variety of old printed materials, period furniture and art, and gorgeous courtyard. Second of all,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This museum, dedicated to early printing, is a must-see. Even if you are not particularly interested in printing, it is incredibly atmospheric, and a beautiful example of a Flemish house with lovely courtyards and amazing rooms. It doesn't look too promising at first, but just keeps getting better and better.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A lovely - surprisingly large - old house with fascinating materials to do with early printing and old paintings and furniture belonging to the family who owned the building . I expected to go through briskly and be out quickly. Instead there were so many things to catch my attention that the visit ended up longer than expected.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Room after room of astounding world treasures - could have spent the day but even if we did we would be overloaded with the magnitude of it all.300+ years of history and 10 generations of a printing family that never modernized and kept archives since the 1500's . Rooms from the 1500's where VERY low lit , clearly to preserve... More

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I have only rated this "average" because I was disappointed in the lack of interpretation at this museum. There are a great many rooms to walk through, but I got no sense of how the building was used (part work-rooms, part-residence). This may all have been explained on the audio guide, of course, but we did not have a lot... More

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Loved the Plantin-Moretus Museum. I am a history buff though, but it was so interesting to see the first Gutenburg bible as well as the first printed sheet music. The section with the first libraries is amazing, so is the early maps section. Do not forget (as I initially did) to go outside and see the ateliers. It is fascinating... More

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is not only a printing museum but a home to the printing family for generations. It feels like being in a vermeer interior. Contains treasures like a Gutenberg Bible and ancient maps. It was larger than I expected and just as interesting!

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I was surprised by this museum. I wasn't anticipating that a printing museum would be all that interesting. It was, and the building it was in helped. It's the original house, most from the 1500s. Exploring each old room with creaky floors is nice. Also, the original owner was a friend of the artist Rubens, so the house is filled... More

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